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There is a 7x7 board and 2 players, each having 2 queens. The queens can move just like the queens in chess, but cannot capture each other. At the beginning, the first player places both the queens on any 2 different squares. Then the second player does the same with his queens. From this point, the players alternate turns, moving both queens each turn. When a queen is moved, the square that was previously occupied is now blocked and cannot be stood on or moved across for the remainder of the game. The first player who is unable to move any of his queens loses!

I am designing a player for it. What will be the strategy for the player who starts first or second? Also, what are best starting moves for any player?

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  • $\begingroup$ When will the second player place the queens? $\endgroup$ – athin Jan 26 '18 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ After the first player has placed his two queens. They alternate their turns $\endgroup$ – Suhail Gupta Jan 26 '18 at 5:27
  • $\begingroup$ Can you please give an example for first 3,4 moves. Its hard to understand the rules. $\endgroup$ – prog_SAHIL Jan 26 '18 at 6:09
  • $\begingroup$ @prog_SAHIL The first move could be (3,4) and (5,5) for player 1 and then move for player 2 could be (1,2) and (2,2) $\endgroup$ – Suhail Gupta Jan 26 '18 at 8:20
  • $\begingroup$ It's still unclear for me if a player should move both his queens on his turn, or only one of them. Please clarify! $\endgroup$ – elias Jan 26 '18 at 10:10

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